Name Joseph McShane
|Religion Roman Catholic|
Succeeded by Scott Pilarz, S.J.
|Preceded by Joseph A. Panuska, S.J.|
Born June 19, 1949 (age 66) New York City (1949-06-19)
Alma mater Regis High School Boston College Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley University of Chicago
Profession Jesuit priest, academic
Education University of Chicago, Regis High School, Boston College
Preceded by Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J.
Father joseph m mcshane sj discusses pope francis on msnbc
Joseph Michael McShane SJ (born June 19, 1949) is an American Jesuit priest, noted theologian and the current President of Fordham University. He succeeded Joseph A. O'Hare as the university president in 2003. Before becoming President of Fordham University, McShane had previously served as the President of the University of Scranton and Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill. In addition to his role as President of Fordham University, McShane was appointed to serve on the Commission on Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Financing by New York Governor David A. Paterson in 2008. On July 1, 2009, McShane threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium to commemorate the 150th anniversary of baseball at Fordham.
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- Career in academia
- Plans for Fordham University
Remarks from fordham university s president reverend joseph m mcshane s j
McShane grew up in New York City and graduated from Regis High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston College and went on to earn a master's degree from the same institution in 1972. In 1977, McShane was ordained as a Jesuit priest, after receiving his M.Div and S.T.M. degrees from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In 1981, McShane received his Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago.
Career in academia
From 1982 to 1992 McShane served as a professor of religious studies and eventually chair of religious studies at Le Moyne College. In 1992 he was made Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, the largest undergraduate college of Fordham University, where he served until 1998. That year, McShane left Fordham to become the president of the University of Scranton, a Jesuit institution. In 2003 McShane was instituted as the 32nd President of Fordham University, the post he currently holds.
Currently, McShane is a trustee of Fordham University ex officio, St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, Loyola University New Orleans and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. McShane also serves on the board of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
On April 19, 2017, Fordham University faculty voted no confidence in President McShane's leadership, based on violations of shared governance and his administration's management of a labor dispute with the University's contingent faculty. The vote was 88% in favor of no confidence.
Plans for Fordham University
In 2006 McShane unveiled a plan to enhance the reputation and the quality of education at Fordham University. The long-term goal of the University, according to McShane's plan, is to make Fordham the country's preeminent Catholic institution of higher learning. McShane believes that Fordham's location within New York City and its identity as a Jesuit institution are central to this vision. McShane has identified four key components of this strategic plan, as stated in a University press release:
Part of the plan was entitled Toward 2016, a reference toward the 175th anniversary of the founding of Fordham University. This 10-year phase was approved in 2005, and sought to raise Fordham to prominence among American Catholic universities by 2016.
Additionally, McShane has unveiled an ambitious plan for the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University. The plan involves razing several buildings on the 8-acre (32,000 m2) Lincoln Center campus to make room for a new School of Law, an expanded library, student housing, a student activities center and parking facilities. The plan will add an additional 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2) of space to the campus. On June 30, 2009, the plan was approved by the New York City Council.